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Benefits of Basil And Its Side Effects

Basil is ideal for fighting against inflammatory diseases, cancer, bacterial infections, viral infections, stress, cardiovascular problems, etc. It also facilitates normal liver functioning and acts as a natural aphrodisiac.

Benefits of Basil And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Basil
Nutritional Value of Basil
Nutritional facts Per 100 grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Basil
Basil contains antioxidants which fights diseases
It acts as an natural anti- inflammatory
It also has cancer fighting properties
Protects against bacterial infections
Can also fight against virus
Helpful in combating stress
Promotes heart health
Regulates normal liver functioning
Acts as an aphrodisiac
Soothes malaria symptoms
Uses of Basil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Basil
Cultivation of Basil

Basil

Basil is also called ‘Saint-Joseph’s wort.’ It is used as a culinary source, but can also be used for medicinal purposes. It derives its name from the Greek word ‘loyal or kingly’ plant. Basil is grown in India abundantly and has been cultivated for more than five thousand years. It is a very tender plant and is mostly used in Italian cuisine. The leaves can have a variety of tastes like pungent, strong or even sweet. It has a very relaxing smell. There are different kinds of Basils like Thai basil, lemon basil, holy basil and African blue basil.

Nutritional Value of Basil

A variety of basil including Ocimum species are grown throughout Asia. Mostly Asian Basil has a flavour which is similar to clove and is much stronger than Mediterranean basils. In India and Nepal holy basil as known as ‘Tulsi’ and is very common and popular. Lemon Basil has a very strong smell due to a chemical known as citral present in it, lemon basil is widely abundant in Indonesia. Basil usually consists of a lot of essential oils, eugenol, camphor (present in African blue basil only), anethole (present in Licorice Basil only), linalool, pinene, methyl chavocil, terpineol and myrcene.

Nutritional facts Per 100 grams

22 Calories
0.6 g Total Fat
4 mg Sodium
295 mg Potassium
2.7 g Total Carbohydrate
3.2 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

105 % Vitamin A
0.17 Calcium
30 % Vitamin C
17 % Iron
10 % Vitamin B-6
16 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Basil

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Basil
Health Benefits of Basil

Basil contains antioxidants which fights diseases

Basil contains essential oils which help to combat against free radical damage to the body. It also protects the cells and DNA structure. Basil helps to give protection to the white blood cells that aid in immune system functioning and also regulating cellular structures. This is due to the presence of water soluble antioxidants like viceninare and orientin. The antioxidants which are present in basil can protect the body from cancerous growth and mutation of cells. Most of the times, toxins are present in our diet which cause stress to occur in the body, Basil has anti-oxidants which help us fight oxidation and slows down the effect of aging.

It acts as an natural anti- inflammatory

Basil consists of a lot of helpful essential oils such as linalool, citronellol, eugenol, etc. These oils usually inhibit enzymes that help to fight heart diseases, inflammatory bowel diseases and rheumatoid arthritis. If Basil is consumed on a regular basis by adding to any dish or by mixing it in tea, it can make your immune system much stronger and help you combat against these diseases.

It also has cancer fighting properties

According to many people, Basil has the power to prevent cancer from its root. This is due to the fact that it contains phytochemicals that help to prevent lung, oral, liver and skin cancer. Basil can induce cancer cell apoptosis successfully and stop the cancer cells from spreading throughout the body. This is due to the increase of antioxidant activity which can alter gene expressions. During chemotherapy or radiation therapy, one can keep consuming Basil as a supplemental cancer cure. It is also known to relieve discomfort after chemotherapy in most cases.

Protects against bacterial infections

Since Basil has anti-bacterial properties, it can provide immense protection against the growth of bacteria inside the human body. Basil extract is also helpful in curing diseases caused by bacteria such as Staph infection and E. Coli. According to studies, Basil acts against the bacteria by inhibiting their growth to a great extent.

Can also fight against virus

Viral infections are very common in kids and teenagers. Basil helps to fight against ailments caused due to virus, bacteria, molds and yeasts. Basil is the best herb which can offer protection by combating candida virus and other forms of skin irritation.

Helpful in combating stress

Basil acts as a adaptogen which is a herbal medicine, it helps the body to adapt to stress and reduce the harmful effects of stress on the body. After consuming Basil on a daily basis, one can observe increase in antioxidant activity and decrease in the blood sugar levels. It is also helpful in people who suffer from mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. This is why a lot of people in India chew basil leaves to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Promotes heart health

Basil contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which assists the muscles to relax and contract. It also maintains a healthy blood pressure in a person. Basil is known to prevent the clumping together of blood platelet which can otherwise result to a blood clot and cause cardiac arrest. Consuming Basil surely promotes our cardiovascular health to a certain extent.

Regulates normal liver functioning

Basil produces enzymes which help to detoxify and have high antioxidant defences. This leads to the decrease of fat build up inside the liver. Fat build up of the liver can cause non alcoholic fatty liver disease and it can be very detrimental for health. Therefore, Basil helps to prevent this disease and keeps one healthy and safe from such ailments.

Acts as an aphrodisiac

Neem is beneficial for soothing the discomfort and pain associated with malaria. It also speeds up the healing process due to its antibacterial properties. It is also useful in preventing malaria from occurring.

Soothes malaria symptoms

Uses of Basil

Basil has a lot of uses such as relieving stomach spasm, worm infections, warts and head colds. It also treats kidney conditions, intestinal gas and loss of appetite.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Basil

Basil doesn’t usually cause allergic reaction often on people, but it should not be consumed in excess. Those who are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant should avoid basil as much as possible. People who are on diabetic medication or cholesterol control medication should not consume Basil as it can have detrimental effects on their health.

Cultivation of Basil

Basil cannot be grown in a frosty or a very cold area. It also ceases to exist in dry conditions. Basil is cultivated in many countries throughout the world which falls under subtropical climates, temperate climates and Mediterranean areas. Usually they are grown in abundance in places located in Asia and the Mediterranean region.

Popular Questions & Answers

My both twin babies weigh 12 kg (girl n boy) suffering from thick mucus. Getting trouble when respiration. May I know what should I give? Ascoril ls r Alex junior and tell me how much ml should I give? And a bit dry cough. Please suggest.

M.D. HERBAL
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Dehradun
If on mother feed mother should take tulsi-basil droops, black zinger tea, seabuckthorn juice, nigella cap, other wise 01 droop in 20 ml water give 4-5 that water droop, apply warm castor oil on chest at bed time, keep warm, few droop of zinger wa...
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My baby is 4 months old weighing 8.4 kg suffering from cough and nasal congestion. Can I give him ascoril. I would like to know how many ml per day?

M.D. HERBAL
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Dehradun
Give smell of basil leaves & camphor & drops of ginger warm water, apply warm castrol oil on chest at bed time & after bathing, don't advise medicine, may contact for any assistance.

I am suffering from sinus infection, thirst infection, from itchy/watery/red eyes, itching of nose and dark circles under eyes important sleep problems, dark circles under eyes and allergies with infection.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jamnagar
Hello lybrate-user, do not worry ayurveda can help you to get permanent solutions. You should avoid urad, banana, oil fried food spices. Saline water gargle should be done before meals. Non-irritating and bland diet, hot water, lemon, green and le...

Respected sir, my baby age is 49 days only, and he is suffering from cold and fever nausea, her mother also suffering from cold and fever and he take anti cold table and she is fine .sir please suggest me the precaution and treatment for my baby. Thank you. Lalit kumar mobile.

M.D. HERBAL
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Dehradun
If baby is on mother feed please give tulsi-basil droop, elaichi amrit droops, org wheat grass powder, nigella cap, may contact for any assistance.

I am 64 years old. I am suffering cold cough sneezing chest congestion asthmatic tendency. Particularly at morning time I feel it more .chest congestion and some breathing difficulty. Coughs are not being clear. Throat inflammation and thickness felt.

M.D. HERBAL
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Dehradun
Take sky fruit, org wheat grass powder, tulsi-basil droop, kasakeshri syrup, may contact for any assistance.
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Table of Content

Basil
Nutritional Value of Basil
Nutritional facts Per 100 grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Basil
Basil contains antioxidants which fights diseases
It acts as an natural anti- inflammatory
It also has cancer fighting properties
Protects against bacterial infections
Can also fight against virus
Helpful in combating stress
Promotes heart health
Regulates normal liver functioning
Acts as an aphrodisiac
Soothes malaria symptoms
Uses of Basil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Basil
Cultivation of Basil